2016 WNBA Champion Los Angeles Sparks Select Sydney Wiese 11th Overall in 2017 WNBA Draft

April 13, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA – April 13, 2017 – The Los Angeles Sparks selected guard Sydney Wiese with the 11th pick overall in the 2017 WNBA Draft, announced Executive Vice President and General Manager, Penny Toler.

“Sydney is one of the best point guards in the country,” said Penny Toler, LA Sparks Executive Vice President and General Manager. “She is a very good passer, penetrator, and 3pt shooter that has shown that she can affect the outcome of a game be either her scoring or passing ability.  She will be a great addition to our team now and for years to come.”

A 2016-17 All-American, Wiese averaged 15.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game as a senior at Oregon and ranked 16th nationally in three-point field goal percentage (42.6). The 6-foot-1 guard set the Pac-12 record for career three-pointers (373) the OSU record for career assists (626), and ranks fifth on the Beavers’ all-time scoring list (1,824).

“We are excited to get Sydney as a part of our team,” said Brian Agler, LA Sparks Coach. “We like her ability to play the point guard spot, shoot the 3 point spot and distribute to her All WNBA teammates.” 

A highly decorated player, Wiese was named the 2016-17 women’s basketball Senior CLASS Award winner, All-American by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and Wooden Award, four-time All-Pac-12 honoree, WCBA All-Region team, Academic All-American and Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year.

The 2017 Sparks regular season will tip-off May 13 at 2pm, presented by EquiTrust. The opening week will feature the Championship Celebration. For ticket purchasing and information for the 3 time champion LA Sparks, call 844-GO-SPARKS, email tickets@LA-Sparks.com or visit LASparks.com.  The LA Sparks can be found on all social media outlets at @la_sparks.